Situation Awareness (SA) issues are often identified as contributing factors to drilling incidents, most recently in the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Two studies aimed to identify the cognitive components required for offshore drillers to develop and maintain SA whilst controlling subsea hydrocarbon wells. In study one, critical incident interviews were conducted with 18 experienced drilling personnel. Transcripts were subjected to thematic analysis, producing a framework of cognitive processes that enable drillers to build up an understanding of what is happening in the well bore and surrounding environment, predicting how the situation may develop. In the second study, analysis of 24 hours of observations (in-vivo and video) from a high fidelity well control simulator suggest behaviors such as monitoring and crew sharing information contribute to the drillers' SA. The findings highlight the importance of SA for safe and effective performance in drilling and are being used to develop a cognitive task analysis.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting|
|Subtitle of host publication||2014|
|Publisher||Human Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Oct 2014|
|Event||58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014 - Chicago, United States|
Duration: 27 Oct 2014 → 31 Oct 2014
|Conference||58th International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2014|
|Period||27/10/14 → 31/10/14|
Bibliographical noteThis article is based on a doctoral research project which is sponsored by an international drilling rig operator. The views presented are those of the authors
and should not be taken to represent the position or policy of the sponsor.